MATT'S WINE NOT! MONKEY BAY PINOT GRIGIO 2008 NEW ZEALAND WHITE WINE

Well dear reader! Did you ever expect me to whisk you to the other magical land down under, New Zealand? Well! We here at foodtastesyummy.com spare no expense (within reason; in this case, "reason" meaning twenty bucks). So there you have it!

I've often stated that most white wines taste remarkably similar; this is perhaps true for a few varieties, but this one breaks the mold and stands out on its own. Perhaps this is because it is derived from what is thought to be a mutant variety of pinot noir? Mutant? I thought they were reptiles in children's cartoons! Right. No more monkeying around.

Coming from the South Island with a screw-top cap, this wine presents a lighter hue of yellow than the picture suggests, and is nearly pale in appearance.

The nose it not terribly light, and is buttery and appley, although the latter definitely is not the dominating scent. Compared to other whites, this is not a terribly fruit-laced wine.

The wine label would have you think otherwise however: "...a remarkably aromatic wine with floral notes and hints of lovely autumn fruits."

Upon tasting, it is a dry, medium bodied white with a slight sourness and alcohol zing, again not yielding too many notes of fruit, but is almost woody/oakey, round, and buttery.

Good gosh I sound like a wine critic!

But, how, you might ask, can a wine be round?

Beats me.

The aftertaste wasn't terribly striking, as it lingers around and then fades off. Eh!

I suppose after so many fruit-bursting, refreshing and crisp white wines, this left me wanting a little bit more depth of flavour. Then again, paired with the right food, this probably would do well enhancing some soft white fish or other lean white meats that needs some kick and fullness.

**3/4 out of 4

Purchased at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$14.95 (US$13.91).

From LCBO.com:

MONKEY BAY PINOT GRIGIO, 750mL bottle
LCBO #93666
Wine, Still Table Wine, White Still Table Wine
12% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: 1
Made in: New Zealand
By: Nobilo Vintners

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